Lions close gap defeat 1st-place Panthers . . .

Left to right, Grayson Casselman, Liam Barkley and Keagan Sadler are all smiles following Tuesday night's victory . . .
Left to right, Grayson Casselman, Liam Barkley and Keagan Sadler are all smiles following Tuesday night's victory . . .
Watching her brother play for the Lions can make even Ms. Sadler require a break during the exciting game . . .
Watching her brother play for the Lions can make even Ms. Sadler require a break during the exciting game . . .

Tuesday, Jan. 15th - The South Dundas Novice B House Lions have accomplished what no other team in their division has achieved over the current hockey season. Not only did the Lions become the first team to topple the undefeated, 1st-place Kemptville Panthers B-1 contingent, but Liam Barkley playing strong shut-out netminding in the Lion’s goal, behind a tough, stand-up defence, shutting out the Panthers in a game at Morrisburg Arena, won by Grayson Cassleman’s pair of break-away, unassisted goals. 

        The two teams had met previously in a 4-1 Lion’s loss on November 4th, a 2-2 tie on December 2nd, and a 3-1 Lion’s loss on Jan 6th. They may just run into each other again come playoff time.

      Neither team scored over the opening two periods although each had good chances. Kemptville netminder Braden Jordan was challenged in the Panther’s goal constantly over the opening period and Barkley had his share of work during the middle frame. The Lions kicked it up in the final period, while constant checking and aggressive offence led to Cassleman’s breakaways. The talented Lion’s scorer faked and went right on his first goal. On the second opportunity Jordan dropped and sprawled across the goal line  but realized too late that Casselman had faked a low shot and went up and over the netminder’s body. 

        Cassleman’s first goal gave the Lion’s the lead midway through the final period and his insurance marker was recorded with five minutes remaining in the game. The Lions were called on a single minor infraction in this game. The Panthers went penalty free.

        The move strengthened the Lion's hold on second place behind the Panthers B-1 team, three points up on the Panthers B-2 squad and seven points up on the North Dundas Demons.

        Some of the jockeying should be settled before a seven game season closing run following the coming weekend. The Lions face the 3rd-place Kemptville Panthers B-2 entry at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday afternoon in a 2:00 p.m. puck drop.  The South Dundas team then travels to Winchester on Monday, Jan. 21st at 6:00 p.m. for a game against the North Dundas Demons prior to a 10-day break, followed by a 7-game run to the regular season finish through February 23rd.

Liam Barkley shuts down the Panther's scoring ace Cooper Nichol in a 2-0 shut-out Lion's victory . . .
Liam Barkley shuts down the Panther's scoring ace Cooper Nichol in a 2-0 shut-out Lion's victory . . .

Fight for top spots heats up . . .

Saturday, Jan. 12th - As the second half of the regular season heats up the teams in the Novice B House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League are jockeying for position and a heated battle has broken out for the top four spots. Actually, it's a continuation of a heated battle that's been gong on all season. The Kemptville Panthers B-1 and B-2 are holding 1st and 3rd-places, South Dundas sits comfortably between the two and North Dundas is within striking range of any of the top three before the regular schedule closes.

        Hockey fans can get a close-up of what's coming up this season, tonight (Tuesday) at Morrisburg Arena when the front-running Kemptville Panthers B-1 House team visits Morrisburg Arena for  game at 6:00 p.m. sharp, and on Sunday, Jan. 20th at 2:00 p.m. the Lions host the 3rd-place Kemptville Panther’s B-2 entry in the den at 2:00 p.m. Hockey season is just winding up for the big showdowns.

        On Saturday the Lions hosted the 5th-place Smiths Falls Bears in a game at Morrisburg Arena and needed only a second period of their capable high performance to score a 4-1 victory. The Bears took the game score lead in the first period when Landon Doyle slipped a low shot under Liam Barkley in the Lions cage for the 1-0 lead. Cohen McDonnell notched the assist.

        Second period action saw the Lions take the lead back when Maxime Bazinet picked off a Declan Kelly set up and beat Will Lundholm to tie the game. Prior to the period ending Grayson Casselman wired an unassisted shot over Lundholm’s glove for a Lion’s 2-1 lead.

        In the final period the Lons kept the Bears hemmed in their own end for the duration, with Lundholm playing the final defence against a possible Lion’s scoring spree. Grayson Casselman mastered Lundholm’s quickness with a pair of goals, completing an unassisted hat trick for South Dundas and topping up a 4-1 victory.

        Tonight at Morrisburg (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday at Morrisburg (2:00 p.m.) for the league’s top Novice B team action.

Grayson Casselman - 5-goal game . . .

Monday, Dec. 10th - Grayson Casselman, the most focused hockey player in South Dundas, unloaded on the South Grenville Rangers on Monday evening at Spencerville with a 5-goal performance leading his Lions Novice B House team to a 9-1 victory over their hosts. The South Dundas sharp-shooter scored four counters in the opening period and added a single in the final period.

        Casselman scored at 8:02 0f the first and added a second goal 15 seconds later, beating Rangers net-minder Cole Clarke for a 2-0 lead. Kane Casselman assisted on the second Lion's goal. Grayson returned to the ice late in the frame and accepting a pass from Maxime Bazinet, he scored his third of the night at 2:59. Peyton Armstrong stole Liam Barkley's shut out bid with two minutes remaining, then prior to the period ending Casselman put the Lions up 4-1 with 41 seconds on the clock.

        Damon Julien scored an unassisted marker in the middle period, the only goal by either team in that stanza.

        In the final period Hudson Shaver, Logan Veerman and Brody Ortwein notched singles along with Cassleman scoring his fifth on the game.

        The Lions next meet the Brockville Braves in their 5-game road swing.

Another shut-out victory for Novice B's . . .

Grayson Casselman, the Lion's slick puck handler and scorer, beats the Leeds Chargers on this attempt at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday afternoon. The South Dundas Novice B's recorded a 3-0 shut-out victory . . . 


 Saturday, Dec. 8th - The Novice B Lions have vacated their home Morrisburg Arena for the duration of 2018. Their next game in front of home town fans, in what is turning out to be a season-long battle for 1st-place in the league standings, doesn’t take place until Saturday, January 12th at 12:30 p.m. against the Smiths Falls Bears, the current 5th place team. 

        The Lions are in 2nd-place with 20 points. The Kemptville Panthers B-1 entry currently holds 1st-place by virtue of two games in hand. Between now and January 12th the Lions will play five away contests against last place South Grenville, 7th-place Brockville Braves, 6th-place Leeds Chargers, Smiths Falls again and 3rd-place Kemptville B-2 Panthers.

Liam Barkley's game winning dimples say There's no smile like a winning smile . . .
Liam Barkley's game winning dimples say There's no smile like a winning smile . . .


        South Dundas made easy work of the Leeds entry on Saturday at home when they waltzed through the opening two periods with three goals and defended the third frame in long-shot practice mode. The period was particularly entertaining with numerous long passes and breaks, strong defence  and some great goaltending at both ends of the ice. The Lions goaltender Liam Barkley scored the ‘Player of the Game’ for the outstanding performance he put in.

        Grayson Casselman dazzled his opponents and the strong contingent of fans who were on hand following this division when he buried the puck behind the Chargers Luke Laming for the opening goal of the game. Casselman’s speed stymied the Leeds defence and his high wrist shot went over Laming’s shoulder for the score.

        Brody Ortwein used his speed to recover the puck from the corner and hit Logan Veerman with a slick pass for the Lion’s second counter before the period ended. Veerman was initially stopped but nailed the rebound and fired the puck home.

        In the middle period Ortwein scored his second point of the game when he broke in on the Leeds net, was stopped, shot a second time and was stopped again. Brody then captured the loose puck and slipped it under Laming for South Dundas’ third and final goal of the game, a 3-0 victory and a shut-out for Liam Barkley.

        The Chargers were called on three minors in this one while the Lions sat out a single penalty.

Roaring Lions defeat Bears . . .

Kane Casselman and Liam Barkley shutting down the Bear's offence . . .
Kane Casselman and Liam Barkley shutting down the Bear's offence . . .
Kane Cassleman scores Lion of the Game . . .
Kane Cassleman scores Lion of the Game . . .

Saturday, Dec. 1st - Grayson Casselman led the Novice B House Lions on a Bear hunt on Saturday morning at Morrisburg Arena. Casselman was backed by a solid team performance of remarkable effort. Teammate Liam Barkley, the Lion’s netminder, recorded a shut-out. Kane Casselman’s solid defensive play and ability to initiate lead passes that resulted in near and real scoring plays earned him the Lion of the Game recognition.

       The top three positions in the league standings include the Kemptville Panthers 1, the South Dundas Lions and the Smiths Falls Bears. The Lions gave a small indication of who belonged in the elite group with a 5-0 victory over the visiting, 3rd-place Smiths Falls entry.

       Dayman Julien and Grayson Casselman worked the team's first scoring play into the Smith’s Falls Bear’s zone late in the opening period and Jeremy Barkley put the icing on the cake with the Lion’s first goal of the game.


       Once South Dundas solved the tight checking of the Bears, they ran all over their visitors in the second period, scoring three counters and hemming Smiths Falls in their own zone throughout the period. Cassleman scored two unassisted goals and Declan Kelly notched a single from Kane Casselman on a long breaking pass the defenseman snapped his way after breaking up a Bear's rush.

        In the final period the Lions settled into a game of keep-away more than a scoring attack, but the entertaining passing and shooting ability of this team is a pleasure to witness. We could have a finalist in this group. The Lions lead the league in ‘goals for’ (by 10), they are second in ‘goals against’ on eight wins, two losses and one tie. And they wear the Lions colors well in all aspects of the game.

        The Novice B Lions host the Leeds Chargers in their upcoming home game on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 11:30 a.m. at Morrisburg Arena.

Lions devour Braves in 5-0 shut out . . .

Noted not only for his skating ability but his dogged determination to get the puck to his team mates, the Lion's speedy winger Brody Ortwein gets tripped up on this offensive charge by the Braves Aiden Leonard on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena.


Saturday, Nov. 17th - South Dundas’ Novice B Lions net minder Liam Barkley scored a shut out while facing very few shots on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. Barkley's team mates put the puck behind Cohen Bowker in the Brockville net on six occasions. Liam\s brother, Jeremy Barkley, hit the home scoring section of the game sheet three times, Grayson Casselman had a pair and several goal posts, Logan Veerman notched a single and single assists went to Keegan Sadler, Daymon Julien, and Hudson Shaver.

       The Lions took a first period lead on Barkley’s opening goal five minutes in on an unassisted play.  In the second period Grayson Casselman scored a pair around a Barkley single in a three minute charge.

        Jeremy Barkley and Logan Veerman each scored a single in the final period to top off the 6-0 victory.

        The Novice B House Lions continue to lead league standings and have the North Dundas Demons and Kemptville Panthers hot on their heels. The South Dundas goal scoring totals are well in front and their goal tending takes up second place. They currently are showing 15 points on ten wins including the game on Saturday, Nov. 17th.

        The Lions will next host the Smiths Falls Bears at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 11:30 a.m.

Demons topple Lions in nail biter . . .

Monday, Nov. 12th - There is a developing battle in the Novice B House division for league supremacy, the top of which is  currently held by the South Dundas Lions. And the North Dundas Demons are not only hot in second place, they edged the Lions in a thriller at Winchester on Monday evening by a single goal.

        The Kemptville Panthers B-1 are in 3rd-place and currently boast a 5-0-0 record. On top of that they have won games against both the Lions and the Demons and have an unbelievable 'goals against' record. The Panther’s net minder has allowed only five goals in their five regular season games.

       And speaking of goal tenders, the two Liams, Barkley for South Dundas and Hayes for the Demons, have allowed 15 'goals against' each, on nine and eight games respectively. That’s a very impressive, less than two goals per game each.

        On Monday night at Winchester the home team Demons took the lead in the opening period when Wesley Mattice beat Liam Barkely on an unassisted break for a 1-0 score. Before the period ended Hudson Shaver hit Grayson Casselman’s tape and the speedy Lion winger zapped one into the Demons twine behind Hayes to tie the game at one each.

        Mattice got the lead back for the Demons late in the middle frame when he completed a Cameron Cavanaugh play for the 2-1 lead with four minutes remaining in the frame. Casselman was called on a minor penalty with three minutes on the 2nd-period clock, giving the Demons the chance to go ahead on a power play. While defending their zone on the next wave of attack the Lions Declan Kelly intercepted a pass, raced down the ice on a break, faked to go left went up and over into the top right corner for the tying marker.

        The two teams battled back and forth throughout the third period, the Demons striking midway with the winning counter when Trent Sloan broke through the defence and beat Barkley for the 3-2 victory.

        The Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 11:30 a.m. when the 6th-place Brockville Braves come to the den. This is top dog Novice hockey at it’s best.

Lions add pair of victories . . .

The singular goal that got away on Liam Barkley in Saturday's game at Morrisburg Arena . . .
The singular goal that got away on Liam Barkley in Saturday's game at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Sunday, Nov. 11th - The South Dundas Novice B Lions pocketed a pair of victories in a home-and-home series with the Kemptville B-2 Panthers over the weekend, winning a 5-1 decision on home ice at Morrisburg Arena, then travelling to the Panther’s home and scoring a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The two wins have the Lions with six victories on the season thus far, a tie and a single loss for 1st-place. The Kemptville B-1 Panthers are in second place, three points back of the leaders. They are undefeated ths far and are the only team to have defeated South Dundas.

       Jeremy Barkley led the Lions on Saturday at home scoring a par of goals while Grayson Casselman had a goal and an assist. Hudson Shaver and Delcan Kelly each notched a single goal with Damon Julien, Logan Veerman and Hudson Shaver picking up single assists.

        On Sunday at Kemptville Brody Ortwein had a goal and a pair of assists for the Lions while Maxime Bazinet had a pair of goals. Hudson Shaver added a single goal and an assist while Logan Veerman and Jeremy Barkley scored single assists.

        The Novice B Lons are scheduled to host the Brockville Braves on Saturday, Nov. 17th at Morrisburg Arena. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m.

Panthers tame Lions in 4-1 victory . . .

Sunday, Nov. 4th - The Kemptville Panther's edged the South Dundas Lions out of 1st-place on Sunday afternoon at Kemptville when they managed to gain a 4-1 victory with their 5th straight win in as many games. The fast skating Panthers took a 1-0 1st-period lead, added a single in the middle frame and a pair in the final 15 minutes for the win.

        The Panthers are undefeated to date, have the league's lowest goals against average and have yet to be assessed a minor infraction this season. The Lions have the best goals for average in the league, rank third in goals against and have served a single minor penalty. Very impressive numbers for both squads.

        Ty Johnston opened the game scoring midway through the first period when he beat Liam Barkley playing in the Lion's net. Maxime Bazinet got that one back midway through the second frame when he returned the favor on behalf of the Lions, whistling a shot past Braden Jorden at the opposite end of the ice. Evan Barkley gave the Panthers the lead to keep late in the middle frame when he and Crue Allen combined for the go-ahead counter.

        In the final period the Lions were on their heels defending their own zone but couldn't hold off the attacking Kemptville squad on this occasion.  Zachery Davidson gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead very late in the game and the Panthers closed out the scoring with a 4th goal in the final minute when Ty Johnston beat Barkley for his second counter and the 4-1 victory.

       The Lions next home game will host the Kemptville Panthers Novice B -2 at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10th in an 11:30 a.m. start.

Lions, Panthers & Bears hold at the top . . .

Grayson Casselman worked his stick-handling magic to score the tying goal in Saturday's Novice B House action . . .


Saturday, Nov. 3rd - Grayson Casselman led his teammates in a nail-biting game of Novice B House action on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. Casselman scored the opening goal of the game and then, in a heart pounding finish, the tying goal in the final 30 seconds of fast action.

        The game ended in a 2-2 tie, leaving the Lions to remain undefeated this far in the 2018-19 schedule after six games. The Demons have won a pair of victories. and lost and tied the same number.

        Grayson Casselman scored his first goal of the cntest late in the opening period, beating Liam Hayes on a wrist shot high on the glove side after he broke around the defence on a lead pass from Hudson Shaver. Three minutes later the Demons Wyatt Williams slapped in a Carter Sadler play to tie the game, scoring after an initial stop by Lion’s net minder Liam Barkley.

        Midway through the second period the visitors took the lead when Wesley Mattice slipped a low shot past Barkley for a 2-1 score. Jonah-Drouin Geurts assisted on the Sadler counter.

        As the game went into the dying seconds the Lions pulled netminder Barkley in favor of a sixth attacker and Grayson Casselman picked off a Demons clearing pass in the North Dundas zone. Cassleman’s deft stick-handling allowed him a shot that was true and the game was tied with 27 seconds remaining.

        The Lions next home game will host the Kemptville Panthers Novice B -2 at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10th in an 11:30 a.m. start.

Novice Lions remain undefeated . . .

The joy of scoring for your team consumes Logan Veerman (top photo) who persisted in digging for the puck and poking it past the Leeds Chargers net minder on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Grayson Cassleman (bottom photo) adds a goal in the 3rd period . . .

Sunday, Oct. 28th - Back in early September Liam Barkley decided to try out for a goaltender’s position with the Novice level South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. As it turns out, Barkley’s decision was a great one for a number of reasons. Not only is this young athlete, with a record of .25 goals against per game, holding up the back end, his Novice B House teammates have roared over the opposition with four consecutive victories while the offence has accumulated 27 goals and the defence has allowed a very stingy four goals against. And they are holding on to 1st-place.

        On Sunday at Morrisburg Arena the Lions dumped the Leeds Chargers, unleashing seven unanswered goals, five of them in a second period charge before adding a pair in the final 10 minutes.

       Dayman Julien scored a pair and added an assist to Brenna McCooeye’s final goal of the game. Maxine Bazinet opened the Lion’s barrage in the middle period when he tied the game at one each. Julien made it 2-1 from Jeremy Barkley and Logan Veerman poked in a loose goal-mouth puck to up the score to 3-1.

        Julien returned for his second with just under two minutes remaining in the middle period on a Brody Ortwein pass and Grayson Casselman wired a wrist shot on a set-up from Bazinet to make the score 5-1.

        In the final period the Lions opened with Casselman notching his second on a beautiful shot from well out that slipped past Charger’s net minder Luke Laming and into the top left corner. 

        Neither team was called on a penalty in the game.

Novice B House makes it Thee & Oh!!!

Monday, Oct. 22nd - Dayman Julien played the lead in a scoring exercise put on by the powerhouse  South Dundas Lions Novice B team on Monday evening at Spencerville. And the back-up cast was long too. This team of sharp-shooters have now scored three consecutive victories, the season opener over the Smiths Falls Bears on a 3-1 count and the second on a 7-0 shut-out of the same South Grenville Rangers.

        Julien fired two goals and added a single assist in the opening period, then added another counter midway through the second frame. Hudson Shaver notched a pair of goals in the first period and Brody Ortwein added a single to give the Lions a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. Brock Dowdell scored the only goal for the Rangers in the opening 15 minutes. Brenna McCooeye, Jeremy Barkley, Max Bazinet and Grayson Casselman all added assists.

        The middle frame didn’t go any better for the home team Rangers at Spencerville. Julien completed his hat trick, while Ortwein and Barkly added singles. Dowdell, for the Rangers, doubled his count to a pair when he beat Lion’s goaltender Liam Barkley to round out the score at 8-2.

        Kane Casselman and Jeremy Barkley added singles in the final frame for the Lions while Holden King came back with a single for South Grenville. The Lions served a single minor infraction over the three periods.

        The 2nd-place Novice B Lions host the 7th-place Leeds Chargers on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena with a 2:00 p.m. start.